Jardin des Arènes

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Location : In town

Province : White Périgord

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    • Périgueux is the best known Roman city in Aquitaine.

      Before the Roman conquest, the current Dordogne department was occupied by the Celtic people of the Pétrucores or Pétrocores.

      When the emperor Auguste created the Aquitaine province around 16 BC. AD, he divided it into 21 cities, including the City of Petrucores (Civitas petrucoriorum) which was endowed with a capital called Vésone (Vesunna in Latin) named after a protective native deity.

      Vésone occupied a meander on the right bank of the Isle over 60 hectares. The town planning and architecture of this new city were to express the Roman order and encourage the adoption by the local population of a new lifestyle. in the 1st century AD. AD, it already had a forum and an amphitheater of 20,000 spectators.

      The city seems to have been a vast construction site until, at least, the middle of the second century, with in particular the construction of the large temple known today as the Tower of Vesone.

      As in all of Gaul, public affairs were managed by the notables of Gallic origin, quickly Romanized. In Vésone, all around the civic center, the houses of notables (domus) developed from the 1st century. Towards the end of the third century, after a period of recession, the city tightened in a rampart. The monuments were dismantled stone by stone to serve, in reuse, for the construction of this new monumental set. It was the beginning of another type of urban life.

      In the 19th century, the site was converted into a public garden. Listed on the list of historic monuments in 1840, it was remodeled in 1972. There is a playground and a pool.

      OPENING HOURS :

      October 1 to April 1: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      April 2 to September 30: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Traveller Reviews

4.3 sur 5 596 reviews

  • Koen van de Griendt

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Koen van de Griendt on 07/08/2019

    Nice place with some beautiful trees

  • Shashwat Gyan

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Shashwat Gyan on 13/01/2020

    Historic place, in a small peaceful county of France call Perigueux

  • Tim Crompton

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Tim Crompton on 19/10/2017

    The old Roman amphitheatre very attractive and relaxing

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Address

Jardin des Arènes de Périgueux
24000 Périgueux

GPS coordinates

45° 10'57.44"N, 0° 42'46.92"E

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